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 Post subject: AV310
PostPosted: Thu 15 Nov 2012 01:34 AM 
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Woo hoo... the guitar gods must be smiling at me I have an Avenger 310 sat on the workbench beside the AV395 so there's my next project; a big thank you to Don, who was sending me the tools to do a small job on a Westone stringlock, when this whacking great box arrives on the doorstep!!

The guitar is in a tatty state, but it's all there and has an MMK45 up front; my feeling is that it will scrub up quite nicely with minimal effort.... the machine heads are rooted and I have a set of Westone Pantera machines which I may whack in, but I may also get a set to directly replace the ones that came off.

Now, I'm canvassing opinions on the finish; what do you lads think I should do with it? I'm leaning towards a solid finish perhaps a blueburst - blue over silver - or, and I'm leaning hard this way, an ANZAC finish of some sort. For those not Aussie or Kiwi, this name conjures up some pretty serious collective memories and given that I'm a NZer and Don's an Aussie, it seems a way forward. My father flew fighters in the South West Pacific during WWII with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and had quite a lot to do with the Australian Army and Air Force in theatre, so there's that going on as well... it'd have to be tasteful and non-garish to work, I reckon...

Anyway.... what can you guys come up with??

Here we go; on the bench with it's cobber...
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u66/ ... C_0039.jpg

Body, in reasonable if not spectacular nick..
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u66/ ... C_0040.jpg

... those machines are buggered...
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u66/ ... C_0041.jpg

... fretboard is a little sad..
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u66/ ... C_0042.jpg

Woo hoo... barrel saddles!!
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u66/ ... C_0043.jpg

I dig the alloy backplate!
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u66/ ... C_0044.jpg

Gutted!!
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u66/ ... C_0045.jpg

That shim was under the nut, is aluminium and .064mm thick!
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u66/ ... C_0046.jpg

Sorry about the links; there's something weird going on with Photobucket and I can't post the photos like I normally would....

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Nov 2012 02:12 AM 
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Corsair wrote:
Woo hoo... the guitar gods must be smiling at me I have an Avenger 310 sat on the workbench beside the AV395 so there's my next project; a big thank you to Don, who was sending me the tools to do a small job on a Westone stringlock, when this whacking great box arrives on the doorstep!!


Gee now how did that happen? I gave the child bride orders to pack the thread repair stuff up and send it off to John. Simple orders or so I thought. I should have known something was going on when she walked out the door with a whopping great box under her arm. I thought she was kidding when she said she was thinking about getting rid of some junk from the front room. I will need to have a stern word with her :argue: about calling my guitars junk. I guess it's too late to ask for it back so you might as well just go ahead and do what you want with the old girl.
Cheers and I hope you enjoy the old girl

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Nov 2012 03:44 AM 
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Cheers and I hope you enjoy the old girl


Ahhhhhhhhhhh.... we're talking about the guitar, right?! :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Nov 2012 04:07 AM 
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eyebulger wrote:
Cheers and I hope you enjoy the old girl


Ahhhhhhhhhhh.... we're talking about the guitar, right?! :wink:

Mate if she give away one more of my guitars it will be the other old girl :x

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Nov 2012 11:19 AM 
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Corsair wrote:
Woo hoo... the guitar gods must be smiling at me I have an Avenger 310 sat on the workbench beside the AV395 so there's my next project; a big thank you to Don, who was sending me the tools to do a small job on a Westone stringlock, when this whacking great box arrives on the doorstep!!

The guitar is in a tatty state, but it's all there and has an MMK45 up front; my feeling is that it will scrub up quite nicely with minimal effort.... the machine heads are rooted and I have a set of Westone Pantera machines which I may whack in, but I may also get a set to directly replace the ones that came off.

Now, I'm canvassing opinions on the finish; what do you lads think I should do with it? I'm leaning towards a solid finish perhaps a blueburst - blue over silver - or, and I'm leaning hard this way, an ANZAC finish of some sort. For those not Aussie or Kiwi, this name conjures up some pretty serious collective memories and given that I'm a NZer and Don's an Aussie, it seems a way forward. My father flew fighters in the South West Pacific during WWII with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, and had quite a lot to do with the Australian Army and Air Force in theatre, so there's that going on as well... it'd have to be tasteful and non-garish to work, I reckon...

Anyway.... what can you guys come up with??



That's quite likely to be a diamond in the rough. Similar to my Fly Ashtray & Squid Head, but yours has the truss at the headstock (and yet it has 22 frets...there's just an endless array of configurations to this model). The Fly Ashtray did the same thing with the output jack.

It's gonna be interesting, but it's gonna rip once it's all back together. Have fun with it!

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Nov 2012 01:37 PM 
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...Now, I'm canvassing opinions on the finish; I'm leaning towards a solid finish perhaps a blueburst
Sounds like a plan...
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PostPosted: Mon 19 Nov 2012 04:26 AM 
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Gee, that's pretty, Barry... what's the bridge?

Squid; I'm quite sure it's a diamond in the rough, but it'll scrub up and be real purty with a little elbow grease.... :D

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PostPosted: Mon 19 Nov 2012 09:22 AM 
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Gee, that's pretty, Barry... what's the bridge?

Squid; I'm quite sure it's a diamond in the rough, but it'll scrub up and be real purty with a little elbow grease.... :D


Bridge looks similar to the hard-tail top-load Fender Squier Bullet bridge I used on my AV325 project.

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PostPosted: Mon 19 Nov 2012 01:08 PM 
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Corsair wrote:
Gee, that's pretty, Barry... what's the bridge?...
Just some el cheapo I got off eBoink...three of 'em actually!
http://www.matsumoku.org/ggboard/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=5577&start=110#p45736

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Looking forward to the restore!

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